Congratulations to the devoted fans, who followed TI5 for its twelve hour stream on Monday, replete with late starts and technical delays. If you didn’t catch it all, perhaps because it was dawn in your time zone or you couldn’t consume work hours, don't worry, we've got your back. Here's a recap of the day's events.
Techies was picked seven times and lost once. A wildcard team who many didn’t peg as an underdog came to dominate its group. Cloud 9 dominated and failed in typical fashion. Whether you know anything or nothing about Dota, the past four days of the group stages have been largely incomprehensible. Over 150 hours of Dota were played — three series of matches occurred simultaneously across four time slots from 9am to 6pm.You would have had to uplink your consciousness to the internet to watch it all.
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The group stages of TI5 are over and despite somewhat stale meta we feel it was a blast. This group stage had it all: great teamfights, all-in rapiers, punished mistakes and great comebacks. It would be really hard to point to the best game in the tournament so far - a lot of them had us sitting on the edge of our chairs, rooting for the favourite team or simply enjoying the best Dota there is.
Today we’re releasing a small but useful update to our match pages, just as the action heats up at The International. TrueSight match pages (which are available for all Esports matches!) now feature interactive death and vision maps! TrueSight maps allow you to see an overview of all the action, then seek to a specific time during the match to see what was happening that second.
Most western players, myself included, have hard time keeping track of all the personalities in the Asian teams, especially given how transfer-heavy this year was. Despite that, the Asian contenders have consistently done well in the internationals and it would be a shame to go into the event without at least basic knowledge about the players.
Today we will have a look at the top teams from the region: LGD, VC and IG.
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